Church Roof Repairs 2016/17
The South Aisle roof has been restored with new boarding and lead sheeting. All gullies and outlets have been renewed or refurbished. The roof of the South Nave, has been recovered in Welsh slate with new under-felting. Together these two areas of roof are set to outlast the 21st century. All previous temporary repairs to the chancel roof have been replaced with permanent welded lead repairs. According to markings on the old lead sheeting the roof was last re-covered in 1878.
The total cost of the repairs was £79,900. We are extremely grateful to the Listed Places of Worship (LPoW) Roof Repair Fund for a grant of £58,100. We were able to reclaim the VAT costs of £13,300, and the Court Shrine Fund was used to cover the balance of the cost, £8,500.
Photographs 1-3, taken from the top of the tower, show the state of the roof before work started. The lead covering the South Aisle has numerous flashband repairs to cracks in the lead and the supporting timbers are clearly visible through the brittle lead sheeting. The slates on the south facing pitched roof over the Nave are worn and many are broken. The slates on the north side were replaced in 2014 during the Trinity Centre refurbishment.
Photographs 4-6 show work in progress. New boarding and new felting can be seen as well as the new lead sheeting and new Welsh slates.
The final four photographs show the roof works finished.